Bird's Amazing Odyssey & The Meaning of Tea

by Circe Link

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Bird's Amazing Odyssey And The Meaning Of Tea is our first concept record. It's a fanciful metaphor in the guise of Bird's longing to know the world beyond the confines of a comfortable cage and the surprises that await just outside. Told with whimsical, catchy songs, grand vocal arrangements, and sonic surprises, this record and the tale within is our most adventurous undertaking yet. But rest assured, there's plenty of that Circe Link sound you've come to enjoy.

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released May 1, 2015

All songs written and performed by Circe Link & Christian Nesmith
Narccisiphus Music (BMI) and Neztoons Publishing (BMI)
Produced and Mixed by Christian Nesmith
Concept and Artwork by Circe Link
Mastering by Brant Biles

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Track Name: Caged Bird
CAGED BIRD

Spending my whole life inside a palace, you know
It sounds like such a funny thing to say
And I guess that I don't bear them any malice, you know
I'm safe from all the world at least today
But I've read of distant places on the print beneath my perch
And I'd like to see new faces, take a peek what could it hurt?

Someone let the caged bird out the door
Now that I've learned all the words I'd like to know the score
Now I know the map so well I’ll try the countryside
Someone let the caged bird go outside

Tweet tweet tweet yeah!

Sometimes I feel like a dancing monkey, you know
They call me out to show me off for fun
And while Im turning heads I'm just a flunky, you know
Worried bout the next new thing to come
See I've learned to speak the language I can do a few good tricks
No my life is not all anguish but this can't be all there is!

Someone let the caged bird out the door
Now that I've learned all the words I'd like to know the score
Now I know the map so well I’ll try the countryside
Someone let the caged bird go outside

Every evening when the curtain falls I am not afraid
But every morning from this gilded stall yes I'd like to fly far away

Wish I was a Cowboy or a Sailor, you know
To try the many things I’ve never had
And despite a happy home and friendly jailor, you know
I find myself a little more than sad
Like a photo in a locket that no one really sees
Is that key there in your pocket? Won’t you come set me free

Someone let the caged bird out the door
Now that I've learned all the words I'd like to know the score
Now I know the map so well I’ll try the countryside
Someone let the caged bird go outside

Written by Circe Link (Narccisiphus Music BMI)
Christian Nesmith (Neztoons Publishing BMI)
Track Name: Dolittle Dragon
DOLITTLE DRAGON

Mrs. Dotlittle has a pet under the stairs
She knows she has a way with animals because she shares
Her name with a man they made a movie about
Only she can understand but now she’s having doubts

I say it’s really very sad so many get him wrong
And I say it’s really very bad that all the neighbors cats are gone

‘Cause there’s a Doolittle dragon living on my street
And he’s a do nothing drag on everyone he meets
Yeah there’s a Doolittle dragon in us big and small
And if we don’t do something soon he might just eat us all

Mrs. Dotlittle says they get along so well
She says they never quarrel but it’s clear she’s under his spell
When he’s out of her sight and out on the road
Breathing fire on fools questing for his gold

I say he’s never gonna change so buyer best beware
And I say it’s really quite a shame her happy home is a smoky lair

‘Cause there’s a Dolittle dragon living on my street
And he’s a do nothing drag on everyone he meets
Watch out what you
Yes there’s a Dolittle dragon in us big and small
And if we don’t do something soon he might just eat us all

Is she just like you and me?
Is she just like you and me?
Is she seeing what we see?
Is she seeing what we see?
Can she maybe please explain?
Can she maybe please explain?
Why she doesn’t see it?
Flames
Why she doesn’t feel the flames?

‘Cause keeping a dragon is fine feathered task
A hero's journey with a thousand masks
A brimstone stoke an ego stroke such love is smoke and ash
And all the while he needs a place to crash

And I say if love is really blind you never get to choose
But I say you really can’t combine a lovers leash and a pretty noose

‘Now there’s a Dolittle dragon living on my street
And he’s a do nothing dirty drag on everyone he meets
Hey how do you
Yeah there’s a Dolittle dragon in us big and small
And if we don’t do something soon he might just eat us all

Written by
Circe Link (Narccisiphus Music BMI)
Christian Nesmith (Neztoons Publishing BMI)
Track Name: Invisible Man
INVISIBLE MAN

I can’t see you with my baby blues
So strange it’s like I’m all alone
No I don’t feel well I’m in my own hell
It’s like you’re here when you are gone

Tell me how to get a better view
‘Cause all you do fades away
Tell me how to find you day or night
I’m losing sight of the invisible man

Just like Claude Rains you’ve gone outside without a hat
But that’s how I know exactly where your face is at
A puff of smoke a tangled bandage left behind
It’s so unkind, no I’m not blind but I can’t see you there

I can’t see you with my baby blues
So strange it’s like you’re never here
No I don’t feel nice I think I just might
Curl up and finally disappear

Tell me how to get a better view
‘Cause all you do fades away
Tell me how to find you day or night
I’m losing sight of the invisible man

Bah! I can’t see you there!

Invisible, invisible, invisible, invisible
Vanishing into thin air
Invisible, invisible
Slightly less miserable
Anyway I look it isn’t fair
Can’t even glare ‘cause

‘Cause I can’t see you with my baby blues
Just like Claude Rains you’ve gone outside without a hat
So strange it’s like you never were
It’s how I know exactly where your face is at
No I don’t feel fine I’m losing my mind
A puff of smoke a tangled bandage left behind
It’s like you’ve always been a blur
It’s so unkind, no I’m not blind

Tell me how to get a better view
‘Cause all you do fades away
Tell me how to find you day or night
I’m losing sight of the invisible man

Written by
Circe Link (Narccisiphus Music BMI)
Christian Nesmith (Neztoons Publishing BMI)
Track Name: Magic Show
MAGIC SHOW

Underneath the bed in an old brown box
I found out something ‘bout you
Might should’a kept it locked
It was peelin’ round the edges
There were baubles and rings and
A cryptic kinda ledger on how you do your thing

You’re a real wiz kid it’s a supernatural fact
And I’m the little white rabbit you pull
From your big top hat, now who have figured that?

It’s a magic show, I love the way you get it done
And honey the magic shows
Despite the tears you’re still the only one
Whenever your magic shows
It never fails to my surprise
I’m getting a magic show
Right before my eyes
Right before my eyes

I found your ol’ black cape and a book of spells
Never guessed you’d rate, man you hide it so well
I dig your prestidigitation
It really does impress
And that magi meditation gets me outta my dress

You’ve got the whole crowd here fooled
They’re amazed and shocked
Over the voodoo you do
Behind the curtain to pick that lock, a fancy illusion for this dummy box

It’s a magic show I’ve been ensorcelled by your charm
And honey the magic shows
A great fakir has come along
Whose wonderful magic knows
Just how to shrink me down to size
In time for the magic show
Right before my eyes
Right before my eyes

You’re a real wiz kid it’s a supernatural fact
And I’m the big eyed dame you’ve been aiming to saw in half
And I’m really to scared to laugh
When the audience starts to clap
I sure hope you can put me back

For the magic show, I love the way you get it done
And honey the magic shows
Despite the tears you’re still the only one
Whenever your magic shows
It never fails to my surprise
My very own magic show
Right before my eyes
Right before my eyes

Written By
Circe Link (Narccisiphus Music, BMI)
Christian Nesmith (Neztoons Publishing, BMI)
Track Name: Mr. Lemon's Sweet Revenge
MR. LEMON"S SWEET REVENGE

Sadly Mr. Lemon doesn't care for the sunshine as
Cars go rushing, people go brushing on by him
On the corner giving dark monologues he sees
Smog roll above them but no one to love,
He sees rubber faces showing traces of their wasted half lives

Bleeding in the gutter Mr. Lemon's old newsprint
Inky and stupid, for telling the truth is outdated
Overrated in the grand scheme of things, he goes
Everywhere dreaming plotting and scheming
He hates the changes can not face it so he plans a great surprise

Mr. Lemon's sweet revenge is
All he wants world to see although
Mr. Lemon's sweet revenge is far from splendid
It's good for you and me

Mr. Sadsack can’t make a funny face
Everyone else is happy
All work no play
All of the kids are happy
Mr. Longtooth you’re such a sourpuss
Why is he so unhappy?
Grade A bad day
Why can’t he have a happy day?

Mr. Lemon's sweet revenge is
All he wants world to see although
Mr. Lemon's sweet revenge is far from splendid
But it's good for you
Mr. Lemon's sweet revenge is
All he wants world to see although
Mr. Lemon's sweet revenge is far from splendid
But it's good for you and me

Standing on the corner Mr. Lemon supposes
All thorns have roses, and with this prognosis he smiles

Written By
Christian Nesmith (Neztoons Publishing BMI)
Circe Link (Narccisiphus Music BMI)
Track Name: Lost at Sea
LOST AT SEA

I’m a little bird and I’ve lost but never found
No don’t speak a word for I’m trying to tell whats up or down
Cannot find a way to make out what is heads or tails
Cannot catch a break for my ship tatters as she sails
So send me home won’t you help me please
Send me home for I am lost at sea

Written By
Circe Link – Narccisiphus Music (BMI)
Christian Nesmith - Neztoons Publishing (BMI)
Track Name: Notes from The Madhouse
NOTES FROM THE MADHOUSE

Anne, your ambition bird keeps me up late at night
Rowing towards god in a long restless flight
But she was caught in the crossfire, now I’m dragging the lake
This business of words gives more than I can take

That girl is a stone cold fox gone swimming with great big rocks
That lady is white hot stuff bittersweet but not so tough
Too bad she had to go
Can you feel the undertow?

Notes from the madhouse, all of us cast out
Cotton eyed big mouths with lips of ruby red
All of us screamers syllogist schemers
Notes from the madhouse, songs for the dead

Sylvia fair can I fit under there beneath your white-hot candy bell jar of glass?
The bee box colossus nine stolen lives of cats
You got a nice straight jacket but honey I got the shoes to match

That woman ain’t got no shoes, she got Byron and Shelly’s Blues
That dame set a monster loose bittersweet but a simple truth
Too bad she had to run
Can you see she’s come undone?

Notes from the madhouse, all of us cast out
Cotton eyed big mouths, with lips of ruby red
All of us screamers solipsist schemers
Notes from the madhouse and songs for the dead

Blackberry baby some say your crazy
But I can see your smile inside the bramble there
Suicide ladies in love with Hades
The pomegranate wine has stained your teeth but you don’t care

That girl is a stone cold fox gone swimming with great big rocks
That lady is white hot stuff bittersweet but not so tough
Too bad she had to go
Can you feel the undertow?
Too bad she had to go, sounds like some I know

Notes from the madhouse, all of us cast out
Cotton eyed big mouths with lips of ruby red
All of us screamers some of us dreamers
Notes from the madhouse and songs for the dead

Notes from the madhouse, all of us cast out
Cotton eyed big mouths with lips of ruby red
All of us screamers solipsist schemers
Notes from the madhouse, songs for the dead

Written By
Circe Link – Narccisiphus Music (BMI)
Christian Nesmith - Neztoons Publishing (BMI)
Track Name: The Kindness of Strangers
KINDNESS OF STRANGERS

Hey you’ve had a bad dream
It’s okay because I know what it means
Weary young traveler come lay your head
I’ve got the room and you’re needing a friend
Bleary old wanderer I’ll mend your wing
Sewing you up where you’ve torn at the seams

You can stay in my house I will feed you and clean you
You can play here out loud and we’ll all sing along
You have passed all the clouds and beyond all the danger
You can rely on the kindness of strangers

Hey you’ve had a hard time
It’s okay because everything will be fine
Sleepy eyed soldier please put down your gun
The fighting is over and nobody’s won
Heart heavy hero you’ve given so much
Let someone in before your time is up

You can stay in my house I will feed you and clean you
You can play here out loud and we’ll all sing along
You have passed all the clouds and beyond all the danger
You can rely on the kindness of strangers
You can rely on the kindness of strangers
You can rely on the kindness of strangers

Written by
Circe Link (Narccisiphus Music BMI)
Christian Nesmith (Neztoons Publishing BMI)
Track Name: Fortune Cookie
FORTUNE COOKIE

Now that you've been off the farm where do you go from here?
Now that you've seen the worlds charms do you still hold it dear?
Keep on looking
Riddles rhyme
Guess you’ll have to try
To find your fortune, cookie

Now that the bell has been rung can you hear something new?
Now that the title's been won there's not much you can do
Keep on hooking
Round the ring
Guess you'll take a swing
Don’t fight your fortune, cookie

Now that you've opened the box are you quite satisfied?
Now that you’ve broken the locks you can’t turn back and hide
Keep on looking
Open eyed
Guess you’ve seen the signs
To read your fortune, cookie

Now that you've ordered a meal did you want something else?
Now I know how you might feel but why not wait a spell?
Something's cooking
Get your fill
Guess I’ll pay the bill
Just eat your fortune cookie

Written by
Circe Link (Narccisiphus Music BMI)
Christian Nesmith (Neztoons Publishing BMI)
Track Name: How Do You Take Your Tea?
HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR TEA?

Now somewhere I read long ago philosophers have said
To live an unexamined life one might as well be dead
But I’ve been round the world of late I’ve cried and I have laughed
Met people places small and great, some good, some fair, some bad
But one thing's left to ask

How do you take your tea my friend?
How do you take your tea?
Some days are grey some days are sunny
It’s all how you see
So how do you take your tea?

I’ve been to magic shows, broke all my toes, and made sweet lemon aid
Was shipwrecked once, met poet punks, by strangers love got saved
Yet each and every time I’d find no matter where I’d go
One thing was always on mind so tell me I must know

How do you take your tea my friend?
How do you take your tea?
Some days are sad some days are funny
It’s all how you see
And how do you take your tea?

I flew to India to meet The Dali Lama and then
He told me how to love my enemy just like we were friends
I found The Buddha in a garden and we had a big laugh
And with my one hand barely clapping I gave his belly a pat
I drove to Burningman and tripped with Alan Watts in a dream
I broke into an English palace for some cake with The Queen
And don’t you know the funny thing that all asked of me was...
How do you take your tea?

How do you take your tea my friend?
How do you take your tea?
Look if you're smart or you're a dummy
It’s all by degree
How do you take your tea?

How do you take your tea my friend?
How do you take your tea?
Some days are grey some days are sunny
It’s all how you see
How do you take your tea?

Spending your whole life inside a palace
Sounds like it’s the saddest way to go
But if you step outside and keep your balance
You can learn to fly …

Written By
Circe Link (Narccisiphus Music BM)
Christian Nesmith (Neztoons Publishing BMI)